Extremely attractive hardy shrub, bearing masses of creamy-white flowers in spring, followed by soft, silvery-grey foliage. Fully hardy and tolerant of a wide range of conditions this beautiful plant deserves to be much better known - at present it remains extremely rare in UK horticulture. Slow-growing and supplied at apprixiamtely 12-18" tall. Final height: 1-2m
Small hardy deciduous shrub with tiny green flowers in late spring early summer followed by a delicate mass of tiny leaves. Happy in sun or partial shade, and prefers moist but well drained soil. Spreads underground with adventitious roots and so useful as a ground cover plant. H:60cm+
Erect, hardy deciduous shrub, with a much more narrow and compact form than its parent species. Glossy, dark green foliage and clusters of white flowers in summer, followed by red berries and richly coloured leaves in autumn; much favoured by birds. H: 3m
Vigorous deciduous shrub with grey-green leaves. Lovely dark purple flowers forming dense panicles from summer to autumn that will attract masses of butterflies. Fully hardy. Plant in full sun in rich but well-drained soil. Awarded the RHS AGM. Prune hard each spring to control size as desired. H+W:2-4m depending on your pruning regime.
An unusual hybrid form of the ever-popular 'butterfly bush' combining the generous flowering of the Chinese Buddleia davidii amd the golden flower colour of the South American B. globosa. Pale creamy-apricot to lilac flowers with rich golden-orange centres open from small dusky French blue buds. Best in full sun and reasonably well drained soils. Cut back hard in spring if desired to retain a compact and tidy plant. Fully hardy. H: 1-3m
Sun-loving and drought-resistant shrub from Australia,. Grown for its mauve 'bottle brush' flowers. Best in full sun, and poor, well drained soil, sheltered from cold northerly winds. In colder areas consider keeping in a pot and over-wintering in a cool glasshouse or conservatory. Hardy to at least 0C and probably -5C when slightly mature, gaining hardiness with age.. H:1-3m
An unusual shrub, endemic to eastern Australia, and grown for its very pretty cream to yellow 'bottle brush' flowers. Best in full sun, and poor, well drained soil, sheltered from cold northerly winds. In colder areas consider keeping in a pot and over-wintering in a cool glasshouse or conservatory. Hardy to at least 0C and probably -5C when slightly mature, gaining hardiness with age.. H:1-3m